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Miracles In Action Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: International Development, International Economic Development, International Relief

Mission: Miracles in Action empowers Guatemalans living in extreme poverty to help themselves through sustainable projects that improve education, nutrition, vocational skills, and create jobs.

Results: Built 54 Schools in 12 years, 2500+ vented safe stoves, 2000+ water filters, buy fair trade handicrafts from 135 artisans.

Target demographics: Guatemalan children and families, especially Mayan.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1000s of women and children

Geographic areas served: Guatemala

Programs: building schools, nutrition education, agriculture, water systems, water filters, fair trade

Community Stories

96 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 mireio

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A small foundation having a high impact on education, health and the advacement of women in poor indigenous Guatemalan communities.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife and I have known and supported Penny Rambacher and Miracles in Action (MIA) as volunteers and supporters since its inception. Penny is an exceptionally dedicated worker for and supporter of the indigenous people of Guatemala. MIA does an extraordinary job of providing a “hand up” as opposed to “hand outs.” The Guatemalans touched by MIA include the women who are provided with the materials and training to do beading which is marketed in the United States with all profits returned to the women, many of whom are supporting their families; the children in remote villages who have the opportunity for continuing education thanks to the over 50 schools funded and built by MIA; the reintroduction of native plants to local diets through planting and education; nutrition education; and on the ground work with other NGOs in support of Guatemalan indigenous needs.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Bought some beautiful crafts from the Marco Island Farmer's Market I was greeted by friendly, enthusiastic volunteers and was well informed about the organization. The merchandise was so well made and the details were incredible. I was more than happy to support such an amazing cause.

Amber J.1

Donor

Rating: 5

I love that Miracles in Action sees the value in and focuses on education! Such a wonderful organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

There couldn't be a better name for this organization. I had the opportunity to work with them as a volunteer. I was deeply inspired by the work they do for poverty stricken families in Guatemala. The founder, Penny Rambacher has a special gift. Her energy, knowledge and inspiration to help others less fortunate is overwhelming. The organization sells handicrafts made by the artisans in Guatemala and the profits fund many projects there. They have built more than 54 schools . They have programs to educate these people to help themselves have a better way of life. Solar lights, stoves and water filters are supplied to these families. Agriculture programs are put in place. They create classes for women to learn about birth control, and having respect for themselves. I had a wonderful opportunity to visit Guatemala and travel to a remote village for a school opening. It was truly an eye opening experience. Gracious people, beautiful children who are so thrilled to have visitors. We brought them each a book and a knapsack. They were so gracious with big smiles and pointed at my camera and said photo. It made me think of many children who have so much but want more. It touched my heart. What a wonderful experience I was able to have and will never forget. I still help Miracles when I am able to. Giving back is something everyone should experience. Thank you Penny you have truly been my inspiration. Marcia McCarthy

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Volunteer

Rating: 3

By chance I came across Miracles in Action at an event in Naples. They were selling beautiful crafts handmade by the Mayan women in Guatemala. I purchased some beautiful jewelry and was then introduced to the founder of miracles. She began to tell me the story behind her organization and how it started. It deeply touched me as my eyes filled with tears. A few weeks later I called her and became a volunteer. The difference Miracles in Action has made to the families in Guatemala is certainly a miracle but as you know people make miracles. I have been working with a wonderful group of people with big hearts whose mission is miracles and they have certainly made many happen Share their story at miraclesinaction.org. Any purchase will help a family and child in need. Marcia

Bri D.1

Donor

Rating: 5

I love that Miracles in Action allows it's donors to chose exactly where their money is going. I was able to give the gift of a women's hygiene kit which was filled with items that as a woman, I take for granted on a daily basis.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've had an amazing experience with Miracles In Action and have seen the real impact it has had in Guatemala helping communities in much need of education, nutrition, and other support. These families are soo grateful and I don't know what they would do without Miracles in Action!

Jennifer Nicole E.

Donor

Rating: 5

Watching this organization give to these women warms my heart! So proud to be a contributor and look forward to helping where I can!

Ariana D.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a former Peace Corps Volunteer and a holder of an International Studies degree, I can attest the development work Miracles In Action does alongside various reputable partner charities both in-country and within the states is remarkable. Rather than focusing on handouts, Miracles In Action does an incredible job with sustainable development, giving those in need the opportunity to help themselves.

Donor

Rating: 5

Lucky me-- I had the opportunity to tour multiple MIA projects in Guatemala in spring of 2018, and to see first hand the positive impact that MIA has on improving the lives of people there. Most encouraging: MIA's work is allowing Guatemalans to be able to have dreams and aspirations that were not previously realistic or attainable. I witnessed people both dreaming and achieving their dreams. The need in Guatemala is high, and MIA's impact is dramatic.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became aquainted with Miracles In Action through a mutual friend of the founder, Penny Rambacher. Having done service trips myself to Central America, I was really excited about the extensive work which she continues to do in Guatemala to improve lives. Again, seeing the founder speak at a gathering, I inquired and shortly thereafter began volunteering at local farmers markets in the Naples area and at events. I found a special ease among the founder and other volunteers at these gatherings in that we all had a common purpose, giving our efforts to allow others opportunities to escape extreme poverty.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This was one of the most inspiring experiences of my recent visit to SW Florida. Keri' s extensive knowledge of all things BIRD & her obvious understanding & empathy for the magnificent parrots that she has rescued and provides a home for moved me in so many ways.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Truly performs Miracles in the lives of Guatemalans living in extreme poverty. They teach people to help themselves through sustainable projects that center on education, nutrition, skills and creating jobs. This charity runs from the heart of everyday people that dedicate their time to make a difference.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of meeting the founder and a board member of Miracles in Action on a trip to Guatemala last year. Both were so compassionate about their work. It was inspiring. I was extremely impressed with both of their knowledge about the areas of their work, along with the projects they are working on. I really enjoyed being a part of their conversations about the work they were doing with their artisans.

-Lisa Krigsman, Associate Director, Limitless Horizons Ixil

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Client Served

Rating: 5


For many years Penny, and Miracles in Action, have been wonderful supporters of Limitless Horizons Ixil. The support we have received for our Saber Sin Limites (Limitless Knowledge) Community Library has opened the door to 100’s of community members since 2010. MIA has done such great things supporting improvements in areas of health, education, and agriculture. We are honored to have them as partners.

-Katie Morrow, Executive Director, Limitless Horizons Ixil

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an amazing charity. Where else can every cent you donate go to whatever project you pick? Where else can you go see the school you sponsored open? Where else can you see the homes you sponsored a stove or pure water? I love Miracles in Action.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Over a decade ago I attended a lecture at The Norris Center in Naples, Florida. Our speaker, Penny Rambacher, opened our heads and hearts to the dedicated work that she is doing in Guatemala.The stories of the women and children in need inspired me to immediately offer my help.
I work at the markets here in Naples where we sell our beautiful beaded jewelry and woven products.
Led by our talented founder, Penny, we are a team of passionate volunteers dedicated to Miracles In Action.
Our work continues to improve the lives of the people of Guatemala!
Sharen Thomas
Naples, FL

1 Cecilia20

Donor

Rating: 5

Penny has dedicated her life to provide supplies and education to poor remote starving villages. She's taught them skills to not only survive but to empower them to be self sufficient. Penny is our contemporary Mother Teresa, she is the Saint of Guatemala.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have witnessed first hand since 2005 and repetivly up to last month the hard and diligent work that Miracles in Action continues. Miracles in Action is smoothly and passionately managed by founder Penny Rambacher. She shares her joy generously and inspires many many others.

2 Amarierussell

Board Member

Rating: 5

I live in Guatemala year round and see many non-profits. Miracles n Action caught my heart and respect as it does work in the truly remote areas with some of the neediest people. I've been with Miracles to the mountains of Chiantla where the terrain is barren, the wind brutally cold and the people are wrapped in towels for shawls. They wanted a teacher for Pre School children. A community nearby built their own school...and desks! They wanted a new building. These are people willing to make their lives better and want a hand up, not a handout. Miracles looks for and supports projects that work!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've had the priveledge of accompanying several groups from Miracles in Action on trips to remote areas. One such visit was to give Mayan women beaders water filters and clean them how to clean them. On another occasion, again Mayan women learned how to use Chaya to make healthier tortillas and the rainbow of vegetables to add to their family's diet. But one if the most moving was the 10th Anniversary of Miracles in Action when we visited the first school financed by Penny's mom. Now on their 50th school, this is one amazing organization!